A must read for Sci-Fi fans, and available at All You Can Books – Journey to the Center of the Earth is one of the most well known books in the world. Written by Jules Verne and published in 1864, the original language of this novel was French with the title Voyage au centre de la Terre.
Journey to the Center of the Earth details the adventures of a professor, his nephew and hired guide into the center of the Earth, accessed via a volcano in Iceland (since volcanos were believed to be a tubular route to the Earth’s center). On their journey, they encounter the passage of time and experience life as it was back in prehistoric times, surrounded by animals and natural hazards of centuries before common era. Their trip ends when they finally exit the earth’s core, surfacing in the south of Italy.
Inspiration for this book was based on Geological Evidences of the Antiquity of Man of 1863, a work by the great British geologist Charles Lyell in which he suggests that human life existed far before the last glacial period.
While this novel does not have the lasting power as many of Jules Verne’s other books, it still remains a popular one.
Novel recommended by All You Can Books Staff in the top 25 books of all time: The Island of Doctor Moreau
For a book that will keep you captivated over the holidays, look no further than The Island of Doctor Moreau. Written by H.G. Wells, this science fiction novel is presented in a format that is unique for the times: a discovered manuscript. The introduction is by the nephew of the narrator, Edward Prendick, who continues to “transcribe” the work.
The Island of Doctor Moreau was written in 1896 and surrounds Dr. Moreau, a scientist who creates living creatures from animals through vivisection. It was published at a time when England was embroiled in heated debate over animal vivisection. It is a significant novel that saw the formation of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection two years after its publication.
The novel is heavy with many philosophical themes, forcing you to examine and question human nature, identity, and religion. Eugenics is also explored.
If you want to truly examine the state of man, The Island of Doctor Moreau is a fascinating book to read.
The blog is dedicated to showcasing the Staff Recommended books available at AllYouCanBooks.com. This post, we explore one of the greatest novels of all time.
Written by American author Jack London, White Fang is a unique story that details the life of a halfbreed wolf/dog in the Yukon during the Gold Rush. Told from the perspective of this animal, White Fang remains caught between an untamed existence in the wild and as a subservient member of a group of Native Americans, then later to lead a cruel life as a prized dog fighter. In the midst of a fight that he is sure to lose, and be killed, a gold hunter comes along and saves him. The remainder of the story is an account of how this gold hunter attempts to tame White Fang and help him recover from his cruel life.
White Fang is one of Jack London’s most prized novels (the other is The Call of the Wild). The novel has been turned into movies television shows a number of times and remains a favourite for children and adults interested in nature-based stories.